The MA in Performance & Musicology degree offers those with strengths in performance opportunities to develop their skills.
The pathway is carefully honed to foster and develop postgraduate level performing skills within the rich environment of a strong musicological, compositional and technological research setting. See https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/music/our-people for more information.
The preparation of a dissertation allows you to develop research skills in an area closely related to your final performance.
The programme’s director is Dr Antonio Cascelli (Lecturer in Performance Studies), a professional accompanist and musicologist.
What You Can Expect
- Funding towards lessons on principal instrument/voice.
- Priority allocation of tutorial time with visiting performers as available.
- Priority practice room access.
- Priority inclusion in the Department’s public lunchtime concert series.
- Opportunities to have performances recorded. Individual tutorial time with a designated advisor.
- Involvement in an annual MA Showcase at which all MA students have the opportunity to present their research and receive feedback on their development
- Expert advice on interpretative issues from musicologists, performers and composers at the cutting edge of their fields.
- Foreign language instruction is also available through the Maynooth University Language Centre. See: www.maynoothuniversity.ie/language-centre for detailed information and fees.
To download a leaflet please visit our website.
Normally a minimum II.1 honours degree in music is required. Applicants without this qualification may be requested to attend an interview
Internal Maynooth University applicants
Applicants specialising in performance for their UG programme must obtain a minimum of a high II.1 result for Single/Double Recital
Applicants not specialising in performance for their UG programme will be required to demonstrate in audition and interview a standard on proposed principal instrument/voice equivalent to a minimum of a high II.1 bachelor degree. The audition should consist of c. 20 minutes of contrasting music. Vocalists are expected to demonstrate the ability to sing in three languages. Copies of music to be provided for examining panel along with listed programme.
International applicants must have a recognised primary degree considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.
Applicants will be required to demonstrate in audition and interview a standard on proposed principal instrument/voice equivalent to a minimum of a high II.1 Irish university bachelor degree. The audition should consist of c. 20 minutes of contrasting music. Vocalists are expected to demonstrate the ability to sing in three languages. Copies of music to be provided for examining panel along with listed programme.
International applicants should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for full details of the audition process.
International applicants whose first language is not English may be requested to submit samples of written material.
Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.
Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850
Applications will typically be processed within three weeks.
The programme offers a strong foundational course in research methodology and individual tutorial time with a designated advisor leading to submission of a thesis related to performance repertoire. It features expert advice on interpretative issues from musicologists, performers and composers at the cutting edge of their fields. The programme includes funding towards first study lessons, priority allocation of tutorial time with visiting performers as available, priority practice room access and inclusion in the Department’s public lunchtime concert series, as well as opportunities to have performances recorded.
Please note that the following modules will be available on this Masters programme from September 2015
All modules are compulsory
MU644A – Public Recital (30 ECTS) - Semester 1 and 2
MU641A – Thesis (25 ECTS) - Semester 1 and 2
MU660A – Research Methods (10 ECTS) - Semester 1
MU661 – Musical Texts (10 ECTS) - Semester 1
MU651– Musicology of Performance (10 ECTS) - Semester 2
MU652 – Collaborative Music Performance (5 ECTS) - Semester 1 and 2
Current academic year modules details below
Online application only http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity
The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:
Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.
Internal Applicants who are not specialising in Performance (Single/Double Recital) and Non-Maynooth University students are required to attend for audition/interview as part of the admissions process (international applicants may be interviewed/auditioned remotely).